May 31, 2011

How to query an ArrayList with LINQ

In this example, I will show how to query an ArrayList using Linq. Since ArrayList are non-generic IEnumerable collections, the type of variable in the collection must be explicitly declared in the linq query.

I already have a web application setup, so, I will just add a class called Person. This is a very simple class containing only 2 properties – FirstName and LastName. The code for the class is below.

Person Class
  1. namespace WebApplication1.CSClass
  2. {
  3.     public class Person
  4.     {
  5.         public string FirstName { get; set; }
  6.         public string LastName { get; set; }
  8.         public override string ToString()
  9.         {
  10.             return FirstName + " " + LastName;
  11.         }
  12.     }
  13. }

I will then add a web form where I will add an ArrayList, add Person objects to the collection and then query the collection using Linq. The code for this is below.

Query ArrayList with LINQ
  1. using System;
  2. using System.Collections.Generic;
  3. using System.Linq;
  4. using System.Web;
  5. using System.Web.UI;
  6. using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
  7. using System.Collections;
  8. using WebApplication1.CSClass;
  10. namespace WebApplication1
  11. {
  12.     public partial class LinqText : System.Web.UI.Page
  13.     {
  14.         protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
  15.         {
  16.             GetList();
  17.         }
  19.         private void GetList()
  20.         {
  21.             ArrayList list = new ArrayList();
  22.             list.Add(new Person { FirstName = "Scooby", LastName="Doo" });
  23.             list.Add(new Person { FirstName = "Bugs", LastName = "Bunny" });
  24.             list.Add(new Person { FirstName = "Peter", LastName = "Pan" });
  26.             var q = from Person p in list
  27.                     orderby p .FirstName
  28.                     orderby p.LastName
  29.                     select p;
  31.             string br = "<br/>";
  32.             foreach (Person p in q)
  33.             {
  34.                 L1.Text += p.ToString() + br;
  35.             }
  37.         }
  38.     }
  39. }

Note that, in the linq query, the object type is specified. The query will not work unless it is specified.

May 6, 2011

Device Filtering In Asp.Net

Asp.Net allows customization of properties of web server controls depending on the browser that is rendering the control. Well, this can be done by using javascript and css as well, by detecting the browser using javascript and then applying the correct css styles. Asp.Net makes it very easy to do without creating javascript or css.

The attributes of the controls need to contain the browser name to allow device filtering. For example, to customize the ForeColor property in Internet Explorer, the attribute need to be renamed to ie:ForeColor. For Mozilla, it will be Mozilla:ForeColor and for Pocket Internet Explorer, it’s PIE:ForeColor.

The following is sample code showing the attributes in a Label and TextBox control.

Sampele code
  1. <asp:Label ID="L1" runat="server" ie:Text="Internet explorer" Mozilla:Text="mozilla" ie:BackColor="Red" Mozilla:BackColor="Green" ie:ForeColor="White"></asp:Label>
  2. <asp:TextBox ID="T3" runat="server" ie:Text="IE" Mozilla:Text="mozilla" ie:BackColor="Gray" Mozilla:BackColor="Black" ForeColor="White"></asp:TextBox>

As can be seen, even the Text property can be customized. That is, the text on the controls would be different depending on the browser.

One important to note is that these properties can also be set declaratively meaning the properties cannot be accessed and / or modified from code behind.

Reference: Shahed Kazi at